About Seed Savers Exchange
The Nation's Largest Seed Swap.
The seed Exchange is a gardener-to-gardener seed swap that takes place online and through our annual print Yearbook.
Anyone can browse the site, but only members can participate in the Exchange.
Our mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy, SSE’s collection started when Diane’s terminally ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott’s morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott’s parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s. Diane and Kent realized that if they did not keep these varieties alive, they would become extinct. It was in this spirit that the Whealy's created a network of gardeners that shared and grew each other's seed in case of crop failure or sickness. To this day, the exchange remains at the heart of Seed Savers Exchange.
NEW: Add items to your Wishlist. On the Wishlist page, click 'Create Requests' to open a Seed Request Form. Print it out, and use the Wishlist to fill out a seed request form for each member you are requesting seeds from. Mail the completed form along with payment to request seeds.
View members' profiles to review their address and any special instructions for requesting seeds. Some members have chosen not to display their address online - please refer to the print Yearbook for their address, or use their other information to get in touch with them.
1. Click on My Account, edit your profile information.
2. Enter your basic contact information. SSE requires an email for SSE purposes, but you do not have to make this public to members. You can finish updating your profile with basic information, or you can continue to Additional Information.
3. Additional Information allows you to include your USDA hardiness zone, whether or not your seed was organically grown, when you will ship seeds, how long you have been a member, information about your growing location, etc. You can finish here or click Continue and upload a photo.
4. To add a photo you can click Continue or Upload Photo at the top of the listing page. Click the browse button to select the photo you want to display with your listings and then click Upload. Once the image is uploaded, click on the thumbnail to resize. Resize the image and click the box indicating that it is your default image.